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Eastman 5222 Double X in Rodinal 1+300 - 8 hour stand development

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

Film: Eastman 5222 Double X at 250 ISO

Developer: Rodinal 1+300 for 8 hours with 1 minute initial agitation and 7 hours 59 minutes stand at room temperature (no agitation).

Camera: Olympus OM2 - shot internally metered. Zuiko 50mm f1.4 lens with Gobe CP filter.

Eastman 5222, also known as “Double X” is a classic cinematic black and white film. Basically unchanged since it was first introduced in 1959, it can deliver the classic “noir” look I really like, and try to emulate in much of my photography. This look is not overly surprising, as Double X is a movie film re-rolled for still. Schindler’s List, Raging Bull, and parts of Casino Royale were shot in this stock.

Rated at 250 ISO daylight, and 200 ISO under tungsten lights, I find this this film to be somewhat particular about exposure without a lot of experimentation to develop push and pull processes. One, or perhaps two stops of exposure latitude is about all I can get out of Eastman 5222. Giving the extreme lighting and high-contrast landscape we experience here in Alaska during the winter, this can make shooting Double X challenging, but rewarding.

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